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Promising start to season
  |  First Published: November 2013



It's all happening, with offshore sport fishers getting keener as the days pass by.

As the water temperature increases, so does the pelagic action and if early indications are anything to go by, it's going to be an excellent start to the season.

The kingfish have been good, especially over the northern reefs off Moruya and Potato Point.

Every day is a little different but anglers using a mixture of jigs and live bait have fared best. Some days the jigs are better and other days the livies are the go.

The fish are moving around a bit, but 40m-60m depths have seen most of the action.

I suspect that Montague Island will fire this month, too. Fish to 10kg are possible but the majority will be 4kg-6kg, good school fish and great on the plate.

Mixed in with the kings will be bonito. These underrated table fish are awesome on the smoker and great fun on light braid. Their numbers will increase as we head further into the month.

Out wider there have been sporadic reports of yellowfin tuna to 30kg but not in any numbers. These speedsters are a real possibility over the next few weeks, so trolling a few 8”-10” pushers might be worth a go.

If the pelagic scene isn't your thing then the reef species could be. You can expect snapper, morwong and pigfish on the reefs and ample flathead on the sand, so a feed shouldn't be hard to get.

The reds are patchy but once you locate them you will be in business.

Reefs off Potato Point, Tuross and the south-western corner of Montague are all worthwhile prospecting.

ESTUARIES FIRE

In the estuaries it's all systems go. The recent rain will do the local systems a load of good.

Narooma and especially Tuross will fire.

You will be able to target all species this month, with mulloway and big dusky flathead high on anglers’ lists.

The lower sections around the boat shed towards the entrance will produce a lot of action although the deeper hole up towards the main basin is also worth a look.

If a trophy isn't for you there will be plenty of table flathead to 60cm plus bream, whiting and blackfish plentiful from the highway bridge upstream to the lower reaches.

The river should be good for bream and estuary perch on smaller hardbodies and soft plastics cast among the snags and rock bars.

The bass fishing way upstream should be excellent; the rain has given them ample opportunity to get to the upper reaches. If you know the way up there, you’re in for some serious fun.

In Wagonga Inlet the basin water will be 18°-19°, ideal for mulloway and already a handful have been caught over recent weeks.

It was a little quiet on the jewie front last year but with the abundance of whitebait and tailor throughout the system, all looks good.

The channels below the highway bridge will produce blackfish on weed with bream, trevally and flathead all catchable on plastics and fresh bait.

BEACH

The beach action has been steady without being red-hot.

Bream and whiting have been around hard to entice to bite but with the recent bout of huge surf, that may just change.

Anglers who have downsized their tackle have had best success with live worms, pipis and fresh peeled prawns the best baits.

The rocky corners of beaches on a rising tide close to dark has produced good bags. Narooma Main, 1080 and Handkerchief beaches have been best.

There are still plenty of salmon so if the bread-and-butter species don't play, there is something to fall back on.

With the warmer nights a mulloway session after dark might be worthwhile to. I'd be fishing Brou or Blackfellows; these are the best jewie beaches along this part of the coast.

Gummy sharks are possible, especially on moonlit nights on a flooding tide.

The rock fishing bandwagon looks set to continue as blackfish and drummer continue to chew.

Big groper are also available.

I know of a few solid blues to 9kg caught recently. These were photographed and then released in good order – good to see!

The surface pelagics should improve further with kingfish, striped tuna and frigate mackerel all possible.

Fishing early in the morning with chrome slices lures should produce but those after a bigger model should use live bait.

You should be able to get all the bait you require at the ledges you fish. Try Dalmeny Headland, the Golf Course Rocks or Mystery Bay.

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